By Michael C. Keith (Cold River Press). 265pp. www.coldriverpress.com
Michael Keith writes great short-short stories. There isn’t any particular theme to tie the stories in The Near Enough together. I saw stories about a man who suffers because each of his friends dies one after the other, in the course of a couple days (“The Late”), a street artist who is mad as hell over being a performing monkey instead of an artist, and gets his revenge (“Caricatures”), and more than a handful of quirky story-poems (my favorite was “Children of Divorce”).
His dialogue is spot-on and the twists and turns in his stories are very satisfying, if highly improbable. But that is the beauty of his work. He takes a difficult everyday situation or feeling, and exaggerates it until it’s so ridiculous you have to laugh.